Upon arrival to the U.S. and after getting all of Pope Benedict’s luggage loaded into the limo, and He doesn’t travel light, the driver notices that the Pope is still standing on the curb. ‘Excuse me, Your Holiness,’ says the driver, ‘Would you please take your seat so we can leave?’
‘Well, to tell you the truth,’ says the Pope, ‘they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I’d really like to drive today.’
‘I’m sorry but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job! And what if something should happen?’ protests the driver, wishing he’d never gone to work that morning. But the Pope pleads: ‘Please let me, just this once, please – just for fun’.
Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo.
‘Please slow down, Your Holiness!!!’ pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens. ‘Oh, dear God, I’m going to lose my license’ moans the driver.
The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.
‘I need to talk to the Chief,’ he says to the dispatcher.
The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going at super speed.
‘So bust him,’ says the Chief.
‘I don’t think we want to do that – he’s really important,’ said the cop.
The Chief exclaimed, ‘All the more reason!’
‘No, I mean really important,’ said the cop.
The Chief then asked, ‘Who have you got there, the Mayor?’
‘Well,’ said the Chief, ‘Who is it?’
Cop: ‘I think it’s God!’
Chief: ‘What?! What makes you think it’s God?’
Cop: ‘the Pope is his chauffeur!’
Nell’ultima visita a New York, il Papa chiede di poter guidare la sua limousine, così, per una volta, per togliersi la voglia. La richiesta appare strana, ma il suo desiderio ovviamente viene esaudito. Così l’autista si siede dietro e il papa parte e imbocca l’autostrada. Dopo un po’ però pigia troppo sull’acceleratore e supera abbondantemente i limiti di velocità. Ovviamente ad un certo punto viene fermato da un poliziotto. Questi si rende conto della situazione e imbarazzato chiama via radio il suo capitano per avere istruzioni.
“Capitano, ho fermato una persona molto importante per eccesso di velocità e non so cosa fare”.
“E chi sarebbe, il Presidente?”.
“No! Questo e’ molto più importante!”.
“Ma chi è?, il segretario generale dell’ONU?”.
“No! No! Molto più importante!”.
“Ma insomma chi e’? “.
“Capitano, è Dio … ha il Papa come autista!”.